CARANO SIDELINED, Â“DYNAMITEÂ” LOSES FEMALE DRAW
By Loretta Hunt (email@example.com)
Â“DynamiteÂ” has been dealt a blow of its own.
Female fighting sensation Gina Carano has withdrawn from her pending June 2 bout with Jan Finney at K-1 Â“Dynamite USA!!Â” due to illness, the Las Vegas native confirmed this afternoon.
Carano, 24, who had just returned from a two-week trip to Thailand where she shot a mentorship role for the Oxygen ChannelÂ’s coming season of Â“Fight Girls,Â” fell ill at SaturdayÂ’s World Extreme Cagefighting event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and had to be ambulanced to a hospital for dehydration treatment.
Â“I have been struggling with some intestinal illness since I got back,Â” says Carano. Â“I tried to go back to training, to push myself, but it wasnÂ’t going well. I knew I was going to have to come back and cram for this fight, but didnÂ’t expect this. This was a very hard decision.Â”
The raven-haired stunner has quickly become a draw for MMA fans since her dynamic performance against Julie Kedzie at February 10Â’s Elite XCÂ’s Â“DestinyÂ” event, the first live MMA event ever broadcast on a premium channel.
Showtime Networks, which broadcasted the event and has a stake in the Elite XC promotion under its Pro Elite flagship, has championed Carano as a bona fide sports star, interviewing the muay Thai champion at a Showtime-televised boxing event among other appearances.
Carano (4-0) has recently joined UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy CoutureÂ’s Xtreme Couture training compound in Las Vegas and remains a muay Thai teacher at Master Toddy's.
POSTED -- 05/16/07